Posted by Gaufrid on May 19th, 2010
Some tricky clues today, with one (12ac) that I cannot fully explain.
Unusually for an FT puzzle there is a Nina. The left and right columns, taken together, read THE OUTSIDE EDGE. I am not sure whether this is just a self-reference or if I have missed something further.
1,28 TRAVEL SICKNESS cd
5,29 MACARONI CHEESE *(ONE HAS ICE-CREAM)
9 HORSECAR *(SEARCH [f]OR) – in the US, a streetcar drawn by horses
10 BIG END GEN (low-down) in BID (offer)
11 ELICIT [f]ELICIT[y] (heart of happiness)
12 HALF-LIFE – I don’t see this one. If the clue had been ‘… of lithium and iron’ then something could be ‘half Li [half] Fe’ and the clue would work. As it stands, there appears to be no wordplay for HALF and the ‘or’ between lithium and iron would need to be ignored to give LI FE – or have I missed something?
14 LIVERY STABLE VERY (extremely) in LISTABLE (easy to itemise)
18 OVERESTIMATE *(A SETTER I MOVE)
22 UNIPOLAR *(PURLOIN A) – a unipolar motor is a type of small DC electric motor commonly found in small, portable cassette players. This is from Wikipedia, I can find no support for there being a ‘unipolar motor’ in any of the three usual references.
25 ISOPOD SO (very well) in IPOD (music player)
26 TABARD BAR (pub) in TAD (a bit)
27 PETTIFOG PET FIT reversed (back-to-back sulks) GO reversed (turn round)
2 ROOTLE [h]OT (‘eated) in ROLE (part)
3 VESICULAR *(VIA ULCERS) – ‘swelling’ can be an adjective as well but I cannot think of an example that would illustrate this usage.
4 LOCATIVES TACO reversed (pancake-tossing) in LIVES (is) – defn. ‘places, we indicate’.
5 MARCHER MAR (hurt) CHER (singer)
6 CABAL AB (sailor) in CAL (California)
7 RIGEL R (king) I GEL (set)
8 NINEFOLD D (daughter) OF in LENIN reversed
13 FIT dd
15 STATISTIC T (time) IS in STATIC (still)
16 ADENOSINE A DEN (study) O (zero) SINE (function) – I assume this is a ‘sugar molecule’. The dictionary definitions all seem to be “a nucleoside made up of adenine and ribose”.
17 SVENGALI VE (day of victory) in *(SIGNAL)
19 EGO hidden in ‘theatrEGOers’
20 IRRUPTS PURR reversed (pleasure over) in ITS
21 POROUS O[f] R[un] O[uts] in PUS (matter)
23 PLANK PLAN K
24 LEDGE [f]LEDGE (make preparations to fly off) – defn. ‘shelf’